ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio - April 23, 2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.  The Theater Department of Ohio University Eastern will mark the event with a production of “The Tempest,” the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone.
Open community auditions for “The Tempest” will be held Wednesday, January 20 and Thursday, January 21 at 7pm in the Shannon Hall Theater.  OUE Theatre Director Dennis Fox urges anyone interested to audition, “It doesn’t matter if you have any acting experience or any knowledge of Shakespeare—we start at the very beginning and progress step by step to performance; it’s challenging, it’s exhilarating and just sheer fun.”
“The Tempest” is one of Shakespeare’s most magical, most visually stunning plays.  It opens with an incredible storm and shipwreck, followed by plots of revenge and murder, otherworldly characters and even comedy.
The set for “The Tempest” will be one of the largest and most unusual ever on the Eastern Campus stage, created to accommodate the 18 plus member cast.
Auditions are open to all area community members and roles of all sizes are available for men and women, 16 years of age and older.  Rehearsals begin February 8 and performance dates are April 14, 15, 16 and 21, 22, 23.
Anyone wishing more information or anyone unable to attend the January 20 and 21 audition times are encouraged to contact Fox at 740.699.2340 or at
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